Some without power Thursday morning after strong storms

Published: Jul. 14, 2021 at 4:19 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 15, 2021 at 1:43 AM CDT
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Crews worked overnight to restore power to thousands of people in Northeast Wisconsin following two rounds of strong storms.

The first round of stormy weather Wednesday afternoon delivered heavy rainfall, strong winds and large hail stones, causing some to be in the dark for hours.

We Energies only had a handful of outages in Northeast Wisconsin Thursday morning. That number is down from 2,395 homes and businesses which were without electricity at the peak of the outages Wednesday afternoon across the state, the majority of those being in Milwaukee County. We Energies customers can report an outage by CLICKING HERE.

Meanwhile, Wisconsin Public Service is also continuing to deal with outages in its service area. About 200 customers are without power Thursday morning in Green Bay.

Earlier in the day, WPS had as few as 609 customers without power, however that number had grown to 1,040 customers at 10 p.m. throughout Wisconsin. At that time just in Brown County, 219 customers were affected by 4 outages, while in Marinette County, 341 customers are affected by 2 outages. In Winnebago County, there were 369 customers affected by four outages. WPS customers can report an outage by CLICKING HERE.

Alliant Energy reported about 76 outages impacting 893 customers Thursday morning.

Shortly before midnight Wednesday night, a Flash Flood Warning was issued for the majority of Winnebago, Calumet and Manitowoc Counties.

State transportation officials said shortly before 11 p.m. that all lanes of WIS 32 and WIS 57 in New Holstein were closed at Plymouth Street due to flooding. The closure began at 10:45 p.m., however transportation officials then announced the road was back open at 1:28 a.m. Thursday.

High water was also reported on University Avenue in Green Bay, where city workers could be seen placing Road Closed signs at the intersection of University and North Quincy, as well as University and Webster in heavy rain.

High water could be spotted near the Fire Station and the Green Bay Metro Bus Station.

Flooding on University Avenue in Green Bay
Flooding on University Avenue in Green Bay(WBAY Staff)

Automated weather stations captured a 44 mile per hour wind gust in Appleton and a gust of 41 MPH in Manitowoc. The National Weather Service (NWS) office near Green Bay Austin Straubel Airport recorded a wind gust of 38 MPH, but the NWS estimates winds of 60 miles per hour hit the city of Green Bay.

In Green Bay, police blocked off Eliza Street near downtown Green Bay where tree branches split and fell across the road, and WPS responded to S. Oakfield Ave. where a tree, reportedly struck by lightning, knocked against a power pole as it fell on two garages.

An Oneida County sheriff’s deputy reported 1 1/2″ hail -- the size of ping-pong balls -- south of Sugar Camp. The National Weather Service says part of Oneida County received over an inch of rain in 40 minutes.

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